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Harbourside gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House, are situated in one of the most picturesque settings of gardens anywhere in the world.


The harbourside gardens are on the eastern side of the Sydney central business district.


The gardens have been set out on undulating harbourside land and the views from the top of the hill are superb.


The gardens many large trees provide excellent shade in summer months. Sydneysiders leave the office buildings in the city at lunchtime and go into the gardens and sit on the grass and take in the harbour views.


A harbourside walkway skirts around the lower part of the gardens and is popular with lunchtime joggers.


The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a small hop-on hop-off "train" for the less energetic.


They are an excellent place to escape the noise of the city and are situated quite close to some of the major city hotels around Hyde Park.


The Royal Botanic Gardens are open daily at 6.30am and close at sunset. Entry to the gardens is free.



Location: Eastern edge of the CBD & bounded by Macquarie Street, the Cahill Expressway & Mrs Macquarie Road
Telephone: +61 2 9231 8111
[Weekends +61 3 9231 8125]
Opening Hours: Nov - Feb 07:00 to 20:00
Mar & Oct 07:00 to 18:30
Apr & Sep 07:00 to 18:00
May & Aug 07:00 to 17:30
Jun & Jul 07:00 to 17:00
Amenities: Toilets, Shop, Visitor Information Centre & Restaurant & Café
Services: Free Guided Walks, Education Service, Friends of the Gardens, Trackless Train Tour & Wheelchair Hire
Special Features: Sydney Tropical Centre
Cadi Jam Ora
Sydney Fernery
Herb Garden
Rose Garden
Hongkong Bank Oriental Garden
Palm Grove
Palm House
Government House Grounds
Rare & Threatened Plants Gardens
The Wollemi Pine
Website: Royal Botanic Gardens

Getting There

Take a train to Circular Quay and walk there from the Sydney Opera House.
Alternatively, Sydney Explorer Buses stop there.